The Year in Review: A Haiti earthquake in the time of cholera and lethal poverty

It is the Western hemisphere's poorest nation, hobbled by generations of corruption and social turmoil which have resulted in two-thirds unemployment and an economy entirely reliant on overseas aid. That was Haiti, even before the disaster that struck at around 5pm on Tuesday, 12 January.

After a year of despair, Haiti orphans get a fresh start in France

More than 100 Haitian orphans arrived in France yesterday to spend Christmas with their new families, ending nearly a year of intense diplomacy.

Palin visits Haiti's cholera epidemic victims

Sarah Palin has embarked on a tightly stage-managed visit to Haiti, visiting cholera clinics but avoiding crowds and the press.

Amazing grace: A new book honours the dignity and diversity of the world's indigenous peoples

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Peacekeepers were source of cholera

A contingent of UN peacekeepers is the likely source of a cholera outbreak in Haiti that has killed at least 2,000 people, a French scientist said.

Port-au-Prince burns as election fury takes hold

Protesters question legitimacy of president's chosen candidate.

Leading article: The difference you can make

Over the years Independent readers have shown tremendous generosity in donating to our annual Christmas Appeal. Scores of charities have benefited from that kindness, with thousands of lives improved in some of the poorest corners of the world.

Independent Appeal: Dead man walking and the world's worst slum

To kick off our appeal, Kim Sengupta meets the terminally ill Haitian devoting what remains of his life to the deprived

Johann Hari: 2010 – the year a zombie army came for our brains

The city of Minneapolis has just agreed to pay $160, 000 in compensation to a group of zombies who were prevented from marching

Riots follow Haiti's election amid allegations of fraud

The aftermath of Haiti's election continued on its chaotic course yesterday with international monitors validating the polls even as candidates produced further evidence of widespread fraud.

Haiti president should be exiled for fraud, says populist candidate

The most populist candidate in the Haitian election claimed yesterday that he had been declared winner by the voters and demanded that the country's president should be forced into exile for "being responsible for massive fraud" at the polls.

Candidates cry fraud in Haitian electoral crisis

Vote goes ahead despite claims of fraud

Haiti holds first election since 'day of catastrophe'

The last round of rallies took place amid flickering lights in the evening, frenzied chanting of the names of candidates, impromptu bands belting out political songs to a Caribbean beat, gangs of young toughs on motorcycles waiting for the instruction to disrupt gatherings of rivals.

British aid to help fight Haiti cholera epidemic

Britain will supply more than 1,000 medical staff to help fight the worsening cholera epidemic in Haiti, the government announced today.

Politics in a time of cholera, marked by chaos and anger

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